I read on a lot of websites that people are expecting the Eze 38/39 war to happen soon. It does look like it may be the case as Iran and Russia are good friends lately and the rest of the countries listed in Eze 38 are siding with them. I have a different stand on the timing of the Gog/Magog war, and it is open for discussion.
Look at the following Scriptures:
Eze 39:21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
Eze 39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
Eze 39:23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
Eze 39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.
Eze 39:25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
Eze 39:26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
This is what happens directly after the Gog/Magog war. God says that Israel will KNOW He is the Lord from that day forward and they will dwell in safety with no one to make them afraid. Now this is God speaking and He cannot lie. So if the Gog/Magog war happens before the AoD event and the rise of the antichrist, how will it be that the Jews will be scattered again in the tribulation and have to flee for safety? How can the time of Jacob’s trouble start after Israel and the nations will acknowledge the Lord? Does God not say that after the Gog/Magog war that NONE will make them afraid?
Now I admit that the following verse states that when the Gog/Magog war happens, Israel will be living in safety.
Eze 38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
This does not sound like a nation living in the time of Jacob’s trouble after the AoD. This means that Israel will have to be living in safety before the war and will live in safety after the war. It looks like the current conditions in the Middle East is not right for this prophecy to be fulfilled.
We have another clue in the Bible:
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
This is the only other mention of Gog and Magog in the Bible. Can it be that the Eze 38/39 prophecies is for the far future? Israel will be living in peace and security at that time and forever after. This will satisfy the demands made by the prophecies.
These are my thoughts, it can be flawed and I will welcome debate on it.